If you’re just learning about medical marijuana, you may be wondering what the potential benefits are. While cannabis is still relatively new in terms of medical treatments, study after study suggest it may be effective in treating a wide range of symptoms and conditions. New research continues to suggest how effective medical marijuana may be in treating many more conditions.
Why do patients report medical marijuana is better than some of the other treatments available to treat conditions like chronic pain, MS, arthritis, and even epilepsy? What are the potential benefits of marijuana for patients?
Potential to Treat a Wide Variety of Conditions
Many studies suggest medical cannabis can effectively treat a wide range of symptoms and conditions. Some of the earliest research showed the possible effectiveness of cannabis and cannabinoids in relieving the side effects of chemotherapy for cancer patients.
Since that time, research has exploded, with many studies now suggesting medical marijuana is an effective treatment for many different conditions. Chronic pain, nerve pain, insomnia, and even migraines may be treated with medical cannabis. Ongoing research suggests it could help in epilepsy, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s. Even mental health conditions such as PTSD are being studied.
Many different people may be able to realize the potential benefits of marijuana for medical purposes.
Potential for Lower Addictiveness
Another of the possible benefits of marijuana is its potential for lower addictiveness. Medical marijuana is viewed as one of the primary contenders to take on the current opioid crisis. Opioids are the medication of choice for physicians treating patients with chronic pain and other disorders.
The problem, of course, is opioids are incredibly powerful and addictive. They’re also expensive, which can lead to some patients turning to illegal avenues to obtain more powerful and more dangerous substances.
Cannabis does not seem to have the same addictive properties. In fact, some research suggests it could be less addictive than even alcohol or nicotine. This is one of the major benefits of marijuana as it means it might be used to treat chronic conditions without the same negative consequences long-term use poses with other treatments.
Potential for Fewer Side Effects
Medical cannabis also seems to have fewer side effects than other treatments. Many of the most common side effects are relatively minor. Red eyes and hungry are common side effects of medical marijuana.
Compare this to opioids, which carry with them all kinds of warnings about side effects. With opioids, a patient may experience anything from nausea and vomiting to sudden cardiac arrest. Obviously, some of these side effects are life-threatening. Medical marijuana is thus seen as a safer option.
A Holistic Treatment
Another one of the potential benefits of marijuana is its claim to treat both mind and body. While most patients will adopt it as a part of their treatment for a particular symptom or condition, it’s important to note cannabis may be able to relieve both physical and mental-emotional symptoms.
This is important when it comes to treating conditions such as chronic pain. While pain relief might be the primary goal of any treatment, those who suffer from this condition often develop depressive symptoms as well. Opioids can’t address those symptoms. Medical marijuana might be able to, according to patient reports. As a result, cannabis may provide a more holistic treatment for patients.
Combining with Other Therapies
Another of the medical benefits of marijuana is its ability to combine with other therapies. Opioids are typically used in isolation, since they make patients tired or drowsy. While some strains of medical marijuana have similar effects, others may actually promote attention and focus.
This ability makes medical marijuana ideal to potentially help patients participate in additional therapies, such as rehabilitation. Cannabis might relief their pain symptoms, allowing them to engage in physiotherapy to rebuild their strength and functioning. Some patients report it may also provide the clarity of mind to participate in these activities.
These are just some of the potential medical benefits of marijuana. There are many others, and more are being realized each day.